Eye Of The Needle Mass Market Paperback – Jul 6 2000
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"A spy novel of the highest order." -- -- Baltimore Sun
"Follett is a master." -- Time
"Heart-stopping, nerve-freezing...Truly suspenseful...Extraordinarily satisfying." -- -- Los Angeles Times
"Thrilling." -- -- The New York Times Book Review
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The pace is fantastic as is the wide cast of characters including real historic figures. The book is all about deception from a German agent to a fake army to a ruinous marriage, deceit abounds. It was also a bit racy with a graphic coupling I had largely forgotten from my first pass years ago. This is a great beach or fireside read. Enjoy!
In the film The Iron Lady is a scene in which the retired Margaret Thatcher is shown reading Eye of the Needle while her husband Denis Thatcher remarks "In the end she kills him, you know."
It is a race between Faber and many intelligent Allies. Two of them, Godliman and Bloggs have traced back many murders and crimes to Faber and are always close to catching him but somehow he always finds a way to escape. They both know that The Needle, Faber's codename, is very important and close to Hitler because he ends his letters with , Regards to Willi.
Which most spies would never be that casual with their leaders.
Follet also tells the story of two of the important people following Faber. Godliman was a professor before the war started and throughout the search for Faber he remembers seeing him somewhere when he was younger. Bloggs is young and has just lost his wife in a bombing. He blames every Nazi for this and will doing anything to find and kill Faber.
Follet also tells of a young couple who are living their lives on a small cozy island with their son while all of this is going on. David, the husband, was going to fly a plane for the allies but got in a car accident and lost his legs. They both act happy when visitors come but Lucy, David's wife, knows there is something missing between them.
The Needle ruthlessly kills anyone that gets in between him and the Fuehrer. He even kills people on his own side. That is the reason, though, that thousands of people are looking for him but no one can find him. Follett adds an interesting pattern at the ends of the chapters that The Needle kills someone end with the phrase "You saw my face.Read more ›
This novel fits the mold perfectly - the characters are more or less drawn from the stock characters of action/adventure/intrigue stories - the icy cold and thoroughly competent enemy spy, the intellectual, professorial good guy who somehow manages to stay one step behind the spy throughout the story, and the beautiful and thoroughly unqualified female who implausibly saves the day at the last minute.
The general plot is that a German spy has discovered the disinformation campaign that the Allies are using to divert attention from the preparation for D-Day. There is a race to capture or kill him before he can communicate the information to his masters in Berlin.
The book is the literary equivalent of a candy bar. It's not intellectually nourishing or nutritious, but it's a great way to kill some time.
The premise: Henry Faber (codename: "Die Nadel") an individualistic and ruthless German agent (one of the last German spies not scooped up by MI5) is assigned to investigate whether or not Lt. General Patton's First United States Army Group is massing in East Anglia for the expected invasion of Calais, the area the German High Command expects the Allies to assault. Faber discovers that Patton's Army is a phony. The Allies are deceiving German intelligence with fake messages, troop concentrations and dummy barracks (which look real to German reconnaisance aircraft).
However careful as Faber is, the British counterintelligence agents Percival Godliman and Fred Bloggs, a history professor and policeman respectively, are a brilliant team that discover "Die Nadel" and are hot on his trail.
Eluding the police and the Home Guard and killing any and all who suspect his identity, Faber heads north to make a rendezvouz with a U-boat. His escape is thwarted by bad weather and he is washed ashore on Storm Island, a nearly deserted piece of rock in the North Sea, where Lucy Rose, a beautiful, but frustrated wife of a legless RAF pilot lives. In time, she discovers Faber's true identity....
I don't usually like thrillers, but this one kept me up. I read it over 20 years ago and have read it a few times since. Follett is a good story teller and his research for the story is wonderful. His portrayals of the German leaders, Hitler, Rundstedt and Rommel are superb.
I liked the film version too, though I believe it would be ideal for a remake (my choices for Faber would be Ralph Fiennes and for Lucy Kate Winslett or Helena Bonham Carter).
Time hasn't dimmed this book. It still holds up and is a classic of World War II espionage. Enjoy.
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This is one of Ken Follett's best, I could not put it down, it was a real page turner. I would recommend it highly, along with Jackdaws and Night over water, or Hornet FlightPublished 4 days ago by gdcook
Overall enjoyed how the book was written. Found it a little predictable with some moments of suspense. This is the second Ken Follett book I've read and have enjoyed both.Published 3 months ago by Earl
Bought as a gift for a friend. I read it many years ago. Classic FollettPublished 5 months ago by Alan A. Smith
The story is very good but is in the same spirit of the trilogy Fall of Giants. I am a fan of Ken Follett and it is the first time that I see that the main character who is a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Diane
Attention to detail in a historical context; the signature of Follett. I recommend this book to anyone who loves wwII stories with amazing suspense and attention to details.Published 6 months ago by jeff audette
Very good but when you know a bit of history you can quite easily imagine the end of the story... At the end of the book, suspense is actually low and expectation takes over... Read morePublished 10 months ago by LORENZO Louis-Etienne